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New trailer

Post by SAMBA » Sun May 17, 2020 10:11 pm

I may need to finally get a trailer for my 1953 33' Sedan Cabin cruiser; tired of getting horsed around by the marina. Used trailer is obviously going to be cheaper; quote for new was $13,000. The manufacturing facility that gave that quote for a new one took some measurements, but I have not made any commitments. Is it hard to modify a used trailer? How would I get "official" hull plans to help modify a used one? Don't want to be stuck at the ramp next September, with a boat needing to be hauled,and with a trailer that won't work. Is this one of those situations where it's just the best option to suck it up and buy a new one? Also, checked with a couple marinas and no one knows of any used ones for sale. No major rush right now but September 15 is my hard deadline.
Thanks, Dan (Samba)

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Re: New trailer

Post by Bilge Rat » Mon May 18, 2020 7:11 am

I have modified quite a few trailers for wood boats up to 25 feet long. There is a lot of on-the-spot engineering and trial and error to get it right. I always over engineer the supports so that I don't have a failure on the road. It's not impossible to do, but for a 33 foot cruiser it will be more intense to get it right. A lot of the supports will need to be under the engine stringers and the bow keel forefoot area.

Are you looking to launch the boat at a ramp on the trailer or one to haul it to a Travel Lift? Big difference between the two. If your intent is to launch on the trailer, I think you'd be better served with someone skilled in large boat trailers.
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Re: New trailer

Post by Captain Nemo » Mon May 18, 2020 7:44 pm

I agree withe the Bilge Rat, there is a lot of engineering to get the trailer set up. You will need to set it on with a Travel Lift to get things right, at least the first time. Retrieving a boat that size on a ramp is quite a feat in itself. You will need the right ramp to be able to float it onto the trailer.
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Re: New trailer

Post by maritimeclassics » Tue May 19, 2020 8:04 am

We can make one and give you a quote. We made a really nice trailer for a 1953 35' Chris Craft a few years back and its super easy to load and launch. Let me know if I can help, Maritime Classics 231-486-6148
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